Italian Director to Shoot Movie Depicting Terror War on Syria

Chairman of Syrian Artists Union Zuhair Ramadan and visiting Italian delegation have discussed mechanism of cooperation to make a movie depicting terror war on Syria.

The movie entitled ' Before Zero' will be shot in Syria in order to change the West's viewpoint about the event taking place in the country as a result of misleading media campaign, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency made it clear that the movie will explain reality of conspiracies hatched against Syria by western and regional parties.

It quoted the movie's Director Marco Masina as saying that he is seeking to establish strong relations between Italian cultural circles and Syrian Artists Union.

"We Will Spare No Effort to Bring Brightness Back to Palmyra": Culture Minister

HOMS, (ST)- Minister of Culture Mohammad al-Ahmad, accompanied by Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi, has visited the historical Syrian city of  Palmyra to see the damage caused by Deash terrorists to the archeological sites of the city before the Syrian army, in a major military operation recaptured it.

The minister's tour in Palmyra covered the Palmyra Museum, the Palmyra Theater and The Temple of Bel.

In a statement to reporters during his tour in the city, al-Ahmad said Daesh terrorists wanted through their barbaric acts, particularly the destruction of the façade of the Roman Theater and the Tetrapylon columns to "eradicate the Syrians' memory, identity and humanitarian heritage.

Chinese Cinema Days in Syria to Boost Cultural Exchange

China's Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin has affirmed that the activities of Chinese Cinema Days, kicked off yesterday at the Opera House in Damascus, aim to activate the Syrian-Chinese cultural exchange. He saluted the steadfastness of Syrian people and government in confronting the terror war waged on the country.

He said during the opening ceremony of the Cinema Days that the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Damascus will hold more cultural activities in future, hoping to boost cultural and humanity exchange with Syria in all fields.

Lattakia Hosts 4th Short Film Festival

Dar al-Assad for Culture Theater in Latakia recently hosted the 4th International Short Film Festival "Steps".

The films that participated in the 5-day event represented a number of Arab and foreign countries including Latvia, Belgium, Canada, Algeria, Brazil, Bahrain, Georgia, Russia, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine and Syria.

In a statement to the Syria Times, Mrs. Sarah Saleemeh, director of the Syrian film "the Veil", stressed her  pride to participate in this event as it is the only one in her city, Lattakia, which means that her family and friends will be able to watch her first work.

Turkey Smuggles Syrian Artifacts via Mafias to Zionist Entity and Europe, Says Hammoud

Director of Damascus Countryside Antiquities Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud has underscored that Turkey smuggles Syrian artifacts via mafias to Israel and Europe.

He told ‘Tishreen’ newspaper on Sunday that Turkey sponsors mafias, covers illegal excavations and smuggles the finds to Israel and European markets.

"Turkish businessmen and officers supervised excavation works in Dura-Europos city, located 90 meters above the right bank of the Euphrates river in Syria," Hammoud added, referring to the fact that Turkey had previously occupied Syria and killed millions of peoples and looted artifacts which it had no idea about their values.